LeBron James and Dwyane Wade followed the same old script Tuesday night.
When Miami got into trouble, the All-Star duo bailed out the Heat. Again.
James scored the first six points in a decisive 12-2 run, and combined with Wade for Miami’s final 20 points in an 87-83 victory over the Indiana Pacers that left the Eastern Conference final tied at a game apiece.
“That’s why they’re the hundred million dollar guys,” teammate Norris Cole said. “They’re unstoppable. They make the game easy for everyone else when they’re in attack mode.”
That’s exactly how the money guys played during the final 12 minutes.
Wade, who had 13 points in the Heat’s 41-point first half, scored his final 10 in the fourth. James, who finished with 22 points, had 12 in the fourth. Together they helped Miami avoid falling into a 2-0 deficit for the first time since the first round of the 2010 playoffs.
Lance Stephenson tied his playoff career high with 25 points for the Pacers. Paul George scored 14.
Now the series shifts back to Miami for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday.